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The current European major railway works that will be impacting on rail services

A Summary of major Construction Projects

Check if your train journey will be impacted by current and future major rail construction projects!

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The vast majority of the work to improve railway lines, which impacts on the frequency and journey times info as per the journey guides, is completed over one Sat/Sun period.
So if you can't find a usual route or a train departure online, it can be worth having a look at the links to the national construction work, which you will find below.
You may then have to translate what you'll find, but it can be worth the effort to discover what's occurring and to glean whether you'll need to take a bus for part of the journey, or whether trains are being diverted.
Alterations to the usual service are often not particularly obvious when looking up the journey on a ticket booking service.

The information included below is a guide to the the more extensive construction projects which are impacting on train services for a week or more.
Therefore these are the projects which are good to be aware of if you're planning a rail pass itinerary and want to avoid any hassle, or are wondering why a typical connection isn't available on multiple dates.

Upcoming construction works by country

These are the upcoming rail construction projects which;

  • last more than a weekend, so also impact on Monday to Friday travel
  • affect long-distance express trains
  • result in trains being diverted, with longer journey times (which impacts on connections)
  • Or, are being substituted by buses for part of the journey.

Austria:

Due to construction work, all long-distance trains between Vienna Hbf and Wr.Neustadt will be rerouted from June 29, 2024 to September 2, 2024 .
This will extend the journey times and alter arrival and departure times of the trains on the Wien ↔ Graz and Wien ↔ Villach routes.

France:

1: From May 18th in the early afternoon to May 29th in the early afternoon, maintenance work takes place around Rennes, so the Paris <> Brest TGVs and the Paris <> Saint-Malo TGVs will be turned around in Rennes

2: From November 9th to November 12th inclusive the high speed line between Paris and Avignon / Nimes will be closed due to signaling modernization work.

After 5 years of work without impact on passenger traffic, this very large-scale operation requires the complete closure of this line for 4 days. The circulation of High Speed ​​Trains will be modified, with these consequences:
• The reduction in the number of High Speed ​​Trains in circulation
• The trains which are running will take the classic line with a significant increase in travel time
• Certain stations on the Line High Speed ​​will not be served.

Germany:

An overview of major construction projects can be found on the German language version of the DB website - so use Google Translate if need be.

1: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf / Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Fulda

Until June 7th work is being carried out simultaneously on tracks, points, technology and the overhead line on the route between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Fulda.
As a consequence end-to-end journey times will be extended by 30 to 90mins.

This section of railway is used by ICE services on these routes

  • Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basel - Zurich - Chur
  • Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Frankfurt Airport - Mannheim - Stuttgart
  • Berlin - Kassel Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basel - Bern - Interlaken
  • Berlin - Leipzig - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) - ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart - Augsburg - Munich/Munchen
  • Berlin - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) - Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart

2: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf / Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Mannheim

The Riedbahn railway which connects one of the main hubs of the German rail system, Mannheim, with destinations to the north, is to be closed for improvement work in 2024 from July 15th to December 14th.
It is typically used by these regularly timetabled ICE trains, which on the usual timetable operate every two hours:

  • Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basel - Zurich - Chur
  • Berlin - Kassel Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basel - Bern - Interlaken
  • Berlin - Leipzig - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) - ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart - Augsburg - Munich/Munchen
  • Berlin - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) - Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart
  • Dortmund - Dusseldorf - Cologne/Koln-Messe Deutz - Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart - Augsburg - Munich/Munchen
  • Hamburg - Bremen - Dortmund - Dusseldorf - Cologne/Koln hbf - Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart - Augsburg - Munich/Munchen
  • Hamburg - Bremen - Dortmund - Dusseldorf - Cologne/Koln hbf - Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basel

More information is available here.

Also from July 15th the daily Amsterdam - Utrecht - Armhem ↔ Koln Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basel daytime service by ICE train will be permanently cancelled.

3: ICE trains at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Flughagen Fernbahnhof, which is the station at Frankfurt Airport used by the ICE trains, will in effect be closed from July 16th to July 29th inclusive.

More information is available here.

4: On the Karlsruhe to Basel route:

From August 9th to August 30th, the route between Rastatt and Baden-Baden will be closed to rail traffic.
The ICE trains which usually travel between these locations are:

  • Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Karlsruhe - Basel - Zurich - Chur
  • Berlin - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Karlsruhe - Basel - Bern - Interlaken
  • Hamburg - Bremen - Koln - Frankfurt Airport - Karlsruhe - Basel
    An ICE train will run every hour from Basel SBB to Baden-Baden. Rail replacement buses will run between Baden-Baden and Rastatt.

5: Between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart

From April 1st to July 18th due to construction work there will be fewer trains between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, no long-distance trains will be calling in Pforzheim Hbf and Mühlacker

Great Britain:

1: At Ayr station

On Monday 25 September 2023, a property was on fire near the railway at Ayr. Some lines through the station remain closed for safety reasons. Most trains are unable to run to, from or through Ayr.
A normal service is not expected to resume until Sunday 2 June, as a result until then, the trains between Ayr and Glasgow Central will run between Prestwick Town and Glasgow Central only. Some late night trains will terminate at Kilwinning.
The Glasgow ↔ Girvan and Stranraer service are suspended.

A half hourly train service will shuttle between Ayr and Prestwick Town
Replacement buses will run between Kilmarnock / Ayr and Girvan
Replacement buses will run between Girvan and Stranraer

2: Huddersfield ↔ Leeds

Engineering work is taking place between Leeds and Huddersfield, closing various lines from Monday night, 24 Jun 2024 until Saturday morning, 28 Jun 2024.

An amended service will run on the following routes:

  • Between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street (diverted via Normanton)
  • Between Saltburn and Manchester Victoria (diverted via Normanton)
  • Between Leeds and Hull
    The services diverted via Normanton won't be calling at Huddersfield (or Dewsbury and Stalybridge) and will also have extended journey times

Rail replacement buses will run as follows:

  • Leeds-Dewsbury-Huddersfield (two per hour)
  • Leeds to Huddersfield Stopper (hourly)
  • Huddersfield to Manchester Airport (hourly)
    Trains will be available between Huddersfield and Manchester Victoria - connect for Liverpool.

Italy:

1: Milano to Domodossola
The route between Domodossola and Milano is being reconstructed over the next couple of years, so in 2024 the railway between Arona and Stresa is closed completely from June 9th to September 8th.

1: Milano to Tirano via Colico

The timetable between June 9th and Sept 8th is awaiting confirmation.
But it very much looks as though, during this time, a section of the railway will be closed west of Tirano, with a bus substitution in place for part of the journey.
This will extend journey times by 20 to 30 minutes.
Travel between Milano and Colico should still be possible by train.

Spain:

1: Starting Monday, September 11, the transversal trains that connect Galicia with Catalonia will adjust their departure schedule after the summer period, remaining as follows:
ALVIA 621 Vigo Guixar (7:42 a.m.) – Barcelona Sants (9:35 p.m.)
Advances its departure to 7:20 a.m. Carry out the section between Ourense and Monforte de Lemos by road
ALVIA 622 Barcelona Sants (9:30 a.m.) – Vigo Guixar (11:35 p.m.)
Departure is brought forward to 9:05 a.m. Carry out the section between Monforte de Lemos and Ourense by road
ALVIA 625 A Coruña (8:05 a.m.) – Barcelona Sants (9:35 p.m.)
Departure is brought forward to 7:45 a.m. Carry out the section between Ourense and Monforte de Lemos by road
ALVIA 626 Barcelona Sants (9:30 a.m.) – A Coruña (10:54 p.m.)
Departure is brought forward to 9:05 a.m. Carry out the section between Monforte de Lemos and Ourense by road

2: Comprehensive renovation works on the Zaragoza-Huesca-Canfranc line, which cut rail traffic between Huesca and Canfranc until May 2024.
A bus substitution will be in place.

Impacts on international routes:

These are the upcoming major works on the railway lines, that will be impacting on international railway routes over sustained periods of time.

Paris ↔ Luxembourg

From July 6th to July 12th around 50% of the trains on the Paris ↔ Luxembourg will be originating or terminating at Metz station - and won't be serving at Thionville and Luxembourg.
From July 13 to September 15 inclusive no direct TGV INOUI trains will be able to served Luxembourg station.

Geneve / Basel - Bern ↔ Milano

The railway between Arona and Stresa is closed completely from June 9th to September 8th, so during these dates the following EC express train services will be turning around in Domodossola:
Geneve - Lausanne - Sion - Visp - Brig - Domodossola ↔ Stresa - Milano
Basel - Olten - Bern - Thun - Spiez - Visp - Brig - Domodossola ↔ Stresa -Milano

Zurich ↔ Innsbruck - Salzburg - Wien / Vienna

Due to construction work some long-distance trains will be diverted via St.Margrethen between Buchs SG and Sargans from August 10th, 2024 to September 9th, 2024 so journey times will be extended,
This is the route taken by the daytime Railjet trains on the Zurich ↔ Innsbruck - Salzburg - Wien - Budapest / Bratislava route.
Though despite the fact that trains are seemingly being diverted and not cancelled, a replacement rail service with buses is to be set up - though it seems that this will be in place because the Railjet trains are not calling at Sargans between these dates.
The night trains are being rerouted.

Karlsruhe ↔ Basel - Zurich / Interlaken

From August 9th to August 30th 2024, the railway between Rastatt and Baden-Baden will be closed to rail traffic.
The ICE trains which usually travel between these locations are on these routes:

  • Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Karlsruhe - Basel - Zurich - Chur
  • Berlin - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Karlsruhe - Basel - Bern - Interlaken
  • Hamburg - Bremen - Koln - Frankfurt Airport - Karlsruhe - Basel

An ICE train will run every hour from Basel SBB to Baden-Baden. Rail replacement buses will run between Baden-Baden and Rastatt.

Hamburg ↔ Copenhagen

The railway north of the Danish border is to be closed completely for track replacement work with no trains available from Sunday July 14th* until the morning of Monday July 22nd.
*= DSB has made an error with the date on its info

This is the only rail route between Denmark and Germany and as a consequence:

  • The night trains on the Hamburg ↔ Stockholm and Berlin ↔ Stockholm routes will be suspended.
  • The EC / IC daytime trains on the Hamburg ↔ Copenhagen route will only be operating Hamburg ↔ Korsør, with replacement buses being used for the part of the journey between Korsør and Slagelse.
    Danish railways, DSB, will be operating direct express trains between Copenhagen / København and Slagelse, but departure times from København H station will be around an hour earlier than the usual EC trains, and arrival times into København H will be around an hour later.

Paris ↔ Frankfurt and Stuttgart

From July 16 to August 9th:
(1) Some TGVs on the Paris ↔ Frankfurt route will be turning around in Mannheim or Heidelberg.
(2) The Marseille ↔ Frankfurt services will also be turned around in Mannheim.

From August 10 to August 30th:
(1) In addition to the above works affecting the Paris ↔ Frankfurt services, during these dates the trains on the Paris - Strasbourg ↔ Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - Munich route, will be diverted via Saarbrücken and won't be calling at Strasbourg and Karlsruhe.
Travel times will also be longer.
(2) The Marseille ↔ Frankfurt services will also be diverted to operate on a Marseille ↔ Stuttgart route via Saarbrücken, which will extend the journey time by more than an hour.

From August 31 to December 9th:
(1) Some TGVs on the Paris ↔ Frankfurt route will be turning around in Mannheim or Heidelberg.
(2) The Marseille ↔ Frankfurt services will also be turned around in Mannheim.

Graz ↔ Szentgotthárd

Due to construction work, trains IC 310, IC 311, IC 312 and IC 313 cannot run between Szentgotthárd and Graz Hbf from March 23, 2024 to April 1, 2024; and from May 25, 2024 to June 2, 2024 .
Buses will replace the trains between these two stations.
The affected services includes the Wien/Vienna ↔ Ljubljana route.

Linz ↔ Prague

Due to construction work, no long-distance trains can run between Linz/Donau Hbf and Ceske Budejovice from May 10, 2024 (approx. 9:10 a.m.) to May 29, 2024 (approx. 6:40 p.m.)
Replacement bus services have been arranged.

Paris ↔ Zurich via Basel

  1. Due to the partial closure of the Hauenstein Base Tunnel, TGV Lyria services between Basel SBB and Zurich will be cancelled from 7 July to 12 August 2024, all services will be turned around in Basel. For journeys between Zurich main station and Paris, it is necessary to temporarily change trains in Basel SBB.

  2. Due to construction work north of Dijon, there will be fewer TGV services from Zurich and Lausanne to Paris and vice versa from Monday to Friday from 13 August to 14 December 2024.
    There may be diversions via Strasbourg on the Zurich–Paris route.

Paris ↔ Lausanne

Due to construction work between Renens and Denges, TGV services between Lausanne and Geneva will be cancelled from 29 June to 18 August 2024.
Thanks to the regular direct connections between Lausanne and Geneva, you can travel from Lausanne to Paris with the same journey time by changing at Geneva.
In addition, the direct TGV services from Lausanne to Paris via Vallorbe are running as per normal.

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